The Suonenjoki Strawberry Carnival is one of the oldest summer events in Finland. The first Carnival was arranged in 1970. The 2019 Carnival is the 49th such event. There have only been two gap years in organising the event, in 1984 and 2003. In addition to the inhabitants of the Suonenjoki region, the Strawberry carnival has brought together strawberry pickers, holiday guests, summer inhabitants and other carnival guests from all over Finland. In recent years the number of foreign guests has increased as the berry picking work force has become more international.